GOOD: If you are looking for inspiration, you need to look no further than at the life story of Rapid City’s Caiti Kean. The 31-year-old nurse practitioner qualified in August to run in the Boston Marathon after finishing the Leading Ladies Marathon in Spearfish in 3 hours, 28 minutes and 30 seconds, her best time ever. But it is the distance she traveled before the race that makes her accomplishment so impressive. According to a story in Monday’s Journal, Kean lost more than 100 pounds on her road to marathon success. When she started her journey, she said she would mostly walk on the treadmill with intermittent runs of 10 to 15 seconds. She perservered, however, and made lifestyle changes that have taken her far. On April 16, she will be running with the best long-distance runners in the world in Boston, which makes her a winner already.
BAD: China has retaliated in a trade war initiated by President Trump and it could hit a number of South Dakota businesses where it hurts — in the pocketbook. On Friday, China raised import duties on 128 products exported by the United States, including pork, which is going to be hit with a 25 percent tariff on goods entering China. According to Glenn Muller, the executive director of the South Dakota Pork Producers Association, this will be “extremely detrimental” as China is a major consumer of U.S. pork. China’s decision to raise the tariffs on the products is in response to Trump’s recent announcement to implement higher duties on imported steel and aluminum from China and other countries. In announcing those tariffs, the president said he expects the U.S. will eventually win any trade war. But like with all wars, casualties can be expected and it looks like pork farms and their supplies will get hit.
UGLY: The area’s meth epidemic is a drag on society in many ways. The drug destroys families and lives with all the precision of a wrecking ball. It also burdens the public safety system as users become irresponsible, reckless, menacing and idiotic. All those shameful characteristics were on full display recently in an incident that began at one of Rapid City’s busiest stores — Walmart on the south side of town. It started when one of a group of five threatened a store employee with what turned out to be a toy gun. As a result of that threat, the police were called and responded with vigor after a report of an armed robbery at the store. It took just a few minutes before at least a dozen squad cars stopped the suspect’s vehicle on busy Sheridan Lake Road in a “high-risk” traffic stop. A subsequent search revealed the toy gun and meth in the car. Two adults were arrested. Three juveniles also were in the car. The police response was impressive. The news of another meth arrest and of all the others who were affected is a sad reminder of the harm this drug causes to those in its web.